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E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk


Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

Local un...

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


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Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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Work would be great if it weren't for the people

Jean on the Job

Have you heard the sentiment in this title before? "I sure could get some work done if it weren't for the people around me." Or "I do just fine when no one interrupts me ... or interferes ... or wants information ... or suggests anything ... or wants it their way."

There is a new book out by Ronna Lichtenberg, called "Work Would Be Great If It Weren't For the People." Cleverly, she included a jacket undercover which you can switch if the boss comes along. Dan O'Donnell, my Rotary colleague, loaned me the book. The inside cover is called "Another Great Day at the Office; Winning Strategies for Working with the Wise and Wonderful."

Of course, it is easier for some people to work alone. They seem to think it is more efficient just to make one decision - not a consensus one, or a majority one or a democratic one. If you find yourself bothered by the people around you, take a look at your working style. If you do live in a collaborative world that requires cooperation and sharing data, it is as important to learn to get along with your colleagues as it is to learn the content and processes of your tasks.

The triple trap for the introverted worker is 1.) that his internal processing slows down or masks the big picture for others; 2.) He doesn't really want to explain the way his mind works; and 3.) He feels frustrated by having to process out loud.

I hear too late: "But we told John to make people as important as his projects." John didn't get it. He saw his colleagues as interference and he just couldn't accept that two or 12 heads were better than his own. Brainstorming does take time. Persuading others does take time. Compromising does take time. Being a good listener does take time. In the long run, however, a cooperative project or decision is more efficient. You get consensual buy-in. Everyone knows why you have made the decision. Everyone knows how the decision came about. Nearly everyone will want to cooperate with the decision, even when it was not his or her own idea.

Without consensual decisions, your ideas must withstand the backlash, sabotage, and the misunderstanding around it, and the possible multiple directions which an unclear goal creates.

If you don't love working with people, ask others to try to understand your impatience. This means explaining yourself, of course. The very thing you hate to do! But do it anyway. Sit folks down and tell them what an independent thinker you are and ask them to be patient with your frustration. You can even ask to have your own way now and then, just for the heck of it. Encourage others to remind you when you seem to be doing solo again, and ask them to give you updates on how you are doing.

Jean A. Hollands, CEO, Growth & Leadership Center, was voted Business Woman of the Year in 1986 and 1996. Write to GLC, 1451 Grant Road, Mountain View, 94040.

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